National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program Intramural Research Training Award (NBBTP/IRTA)

The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP)/Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship is a two-year program designed to train Fellows specifically to support high containment research environments by acquiring knowledge and skills necessary to meet the scientific, regulatory, biocontainment, biosafety, engineering, communications, management, and public relations challenges associated with the conduct of research in these facilities. NBBTP/IRTA Fellows do not engage in any primary patient care activities.

In a laboratory environment, a woman wearing a blue personal protective equipment suit bends over to pick up two small white boxes.

Exploring the dexterity in personal protective equipment by performing various tasks in a simulated environment.


The mission of the NBBTP/IRTA is to prepare biosafety and biocontainment professionals of the highest caliber to meet the needs of the biomedical emerging disease and civilian biodefense research communities through the 21st century.

Main Areas of Focus

  • Occupational Safety & Biocontainment
  • Regulatory and Guidelines
  • Facility Design, Operations and Maintenance
  • Accident Prevention, Environmental Protection and Response
  • Emerging Technology & Impact of Risk Assessment
  • Communication and Leadership

Application Procedures

Applications are now open for the Fellowship class beginning August 1, 2024.

Application Deadline: Close of Business March 1, 2024 

Read more about the application procedure


The NBBTP/IRTA program is specialized training that has launched new career opportunities in safety, science, and biomedical research for over 15 years.

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